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Apr 162012
 

One of our readers Matt Wilkens has made some very beautiful images with his Sony NEX-7 using a Voigtlander 85mm F3.5 SC with a Nikon RF (Range Finder) mount. He says:

My favorite lenses are 24mm 1.8 Zeiss, the 55-210mm Sony E and my Voigtlander APO 85mm Nikon RF mount with adapter ( a bargain around 250 new) I like the image quality of the 85mm Voigtlander almost as much as the Zeiss 24mm, but I do like to have the full function of AF.

I’ve asked his permission to show them, because I feel the community would love to see what you can do with some manual lenses with adapter. He said the images were all shot handheld with apertures of F3.5-8.0. Also a very good tip from him:

There are still new Nikon RF mount Voigtlanders on sale at CameraQuest and Photovillage, and they generally sell for about half of the leica mount counterparts, with the same optical formulas, so yes pretty good deals in the good glass category.

Taken with Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount © Matt Wilkens 2012

Taken with Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount © Matt Wilkens 2012

Taken with Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount © Matt Wilkens 2012

Taken with Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount © Matt Wilkens 2012

Taken with Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount © Matt Wilkens 2012

Taken with Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount © Matt Wilkens 2012

Taken with Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount © Matt Wilkens 2012

Taken with Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount © Matt Wilkens 2012

Taken with Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount © Matt Wilkens 2012

Taken with Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount © Matt Wilkens 2012

What do you think of the lens? Use the comments and let me know.

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  2 Responses to “Sony NEX-7 w/ Voigtlander 85mm 3.5 SC Nikon RF Mount”

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    Hello, I am out there hunting for a top camera that works with my leica lenses but doesn’t cost me as much as a car to buy and I stumbled here, so I’ll just jump right in and ask you your impressions:

    It seems to me that these pictures have some focus issue (especially n. 3). Being landscapes, I assume that you just set the lens to infinity, could it be a problem of the camera’s interaction with non-sony lenses? What do you think of the Sony assisted focus?

    Thanks!

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      maboh, Thanks so much for your participation. The Sony NEX-7 is a great camera to use with Leica lenses. The images that you were talking about with the focus issues are from a contributor of this site, and I think that the only reason that is seems like the images are not focused is because they were taken hand held on a moving ship. My experience with leica lenses on the Sony NEX-7 are great. Take a look at my 50mm showdown article and you will see the performance of the Leica lenses is great. To answer your question about the assisted focus for the Sony NEX-7, I love it!! It is the best way so far with all the camera’s that I’ve tried in solving the manual focus issues. That being said. I’m an old school rangefinder guy and right now, the best camera I feel overall that best replaces buying a Leica M8, M9, or mono, is the Fuji X-Pro1. It has the lead slightly in Image Quality in low light, it doesn’t have color shift on the edges with wide angle lenses, like the Sony NEX-7, and it’s manual assisted focus is not as good as Sony’s but is usable. Plus, if you are a range focuser like me the manual focus assist is not as critical. I know the Fuji is slightly more expensive, but to me it’s worth the couple of hundred extra to get something that I’m used to. I would get the Sony NEX-7 over the Fuji X-Pro1 if you were looking for something more compact. It’s not that big of a difference but I suggest that you get one in your hands and try it before you buy. Each camera has it’s own way of shooing and they are slightly different. With the Sony you can have more angles because of the tilting screen. So for me and my background I would get the Fuji X-Pro1. I will be doing a comparison of the two camera’s with Leica and Zeiss M mount lenses, book mark our site of follow us on facebook or twitter the get the news when I post it. When you have done your research and are ready to buy, please use one of the links on our site. It will help keep the site floating.

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